The FDA has plans to strengthen laws surrounding e-cigarettes.
Public health experts have said that e-cigarettes, filled with fruity flavored nicotine, target children and teenagers.
Tony Andruss of West Springfield told 22News, “It’s candy. It’s tastes good so the kids want it. It’s sweet so it gets them hooked.”
Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be placing limits on where e-cigarette cartridges can be sold. The FDA’s new policy, expected to be announced next week, will apply to flavored, pod-style vaping products, like Juul.
The FDA will limit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to stores that prohibit minors from entering, meaning gas stations and convenience stores won’t be able to sell them any more.
“Anything that gets nicotine and addiction away from kids is probably a good thing,” said Andruss.
Slavak Foksha of Chicopee told 22News, “Some other kids could be sneaky. They can put marijuana, all kinds of other drugs in it, and parents don’t know. They should be illegal.”
Flavored e-cigarette pods will be available at tobacco shops, vape shops and stores that have age-restricted sections.
E-cigarette products in mint, menthol and tobacco flavors will be allowed to remain in all retail outlets for now, but could be restricted later, according to the FDA.
The agency also announced plans to begin stricter age-verification controls for online e-cigarette sales.